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How to Recover Lost Business Data

What will you do if your computer crashes, a file is erased or email accidentally deleted and your work is lost. It’s a worst situation.

However if you do regular backups you’re never completely immune. All may not be lost, however. Read on for tips on how to recover your data when disaster strikes.

Some important advice before we begin: if your data is mission critical, your odds of recovery may be better if you can go to a dedicated data recovery company. In addition, it’s best not to install or work on anything new until you’ve attempted recovery, as new data may be written over your missing files, making them unrecoverable.

Recovered working files

Many modern applications like Microsoft Word will automatically save versions of your files as you work. Even if your computer crashes, you may find Word still able to recover a quite recent version of the document for you, so before you go poking at the hard disk, check whatever apps you were working in to see if they have recovery options.

File recovery software

There are many free and commercial file recovery programs available on the Internet. Be sure to research any app online before downloading and virus scan anything you’re going to install first. These applications can scan your hard disk for orphaned or deleted files, giving you the option to restore them to their original state.

Low-level recovery

If you’ve dropped a hard disk or it has simply failed, you may not be completely out of luck. An application called SpinRite is an old faithful that should be your first recourse. You can buy it online and download it to a disc, and the program will do a low-level scan of your disk, often recovering it from all kinds of problems.
If that doesn’t work, a data recovery company can often take even physically damaged drives and recover some or all of the data on them. As always, do some research on the company before trusting them with your data, but when it comes to physical disk problems a hardware specialist is sometimes your only option.

Email recovery

Some email servers will also store backups of email, or keep them on the server after you delete them. Check first if there’s a “Trash” folder your email might be hiding in, and then contact your email provider or IT support to see if they have any way to recover it for you.

Password recovery

Sometimes data isn’t lost, it’s just hidden behind a password that nobody remembers. If this happens to you, there are also free and paid applications to recover your password, easily locatable on the web. It doesn’t work for everything, but these programs can unlock many types of files.
Don’t give up immediately if your data seems lost – it may well still be hiding on your computer, just out of reach. Good backup software and cloud services like Dropbox are a great preventative measure, but when the worst occurs it pays to try these options. You might just save yourself a lot of time and effort. (TIMExplore.com)

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